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Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

Saudi teen barricades herself in hotel as she fights being sent home

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A Saudi teenager trying to flee her "abusive" family has barricaded herself inside a hotel in Thailand as she resists attempts to send her home. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's passport has been seized by Thai authorities, and the 18-year-old says she fears her family will kill her if she is sent back to the Arab kingdom.The teenager has tweeted a video which shows her barricading her hotel door with a table and a mattress.Ms Alqunun is seeking asylum in Australia and has been pleading for help on social media.The UN's refugee agency has said it is following the case and "trying to seek access from Thai authorities" to meet with her.She told Human Rights Watch that she is fleeing abuse from her family, and alleges she had suffered beatings and death threats from male relatives who...